Socialism On Film Trial at the Library through October 31, 2019

The library will have trial of a primary digital source that is entitled, “Socialism on film” through Adam Matthews. The trial will go on through October 31, 2019.

The database’s self-description is as follows, “Sourced from the British Film Institute (BFI), Socialism on Film documents the communist world, from the Russian Revolution to the end of the Cold War. This unique collection of documentary films, features and newsreels reveals all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, as seen by filmmakers from the USSR, Vietnam, Cuba, China, East Germany, Eastern Europe and more. The footage was originally sourced from communist states, then versioned into English language for private distribution in Britain and the West. This is the largest film collection of its kind to survive in Western Europe. The films have been conserved, digitized from the original 16mm and 35mm reels, and are fully transcribed and searchable.”

The image below is being used according to the Fair Academic Use only guidelines. The copyright belongs to Adam Matthews.

You might need to use your VPN or Proxy, if you are going to access the database from an off-campus location.

In Memoriam: Francisco Toledo

Paul Theroux in his article for Smithsonian described Francisco Toledo as Mexico’s most important living artist mixes magical realism with passionate rebellion. I was saddened by his untimely demise in Oaxaca on September 5 as announced by Mexican President Lopez Obrador through his Twitter account. His social activism and art have marked an epoch in Mexico’s and International Art worlds forever. His New York Times obituary emphasizes his incorporation of pre-Columbian techniques in art production. RIP Sr. Francisco Toledo, who will undoubtedly continue to inspire us throughout the world through his unending art! Below I present you with some of his works that we have in UC Berkeley’s Library collection.

Milenio TV channel on YouTube had posted a video of his interview that you can watch below.

Title     Francisco Toledo : negro sobre blanco / [texts by] Coordinación de Difusión Cultural (CDC), Mtro. David Fernández Dávalos, S. J., Rector de la Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México y Tijuana.

Published         Ciudad de México : Universidad Iberoamericana, 2017.

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Borges / Kafka, una interpretación gráfica de Francisco Toledo.

Published         Buenos Aires, Argentina : Centro Cultural Borges, [2010]

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Francisco Toledo : cerámica.

Published         Ciudad de México : Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, 2006.

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     La muerte pies ligeros / Francisco Toledo.

Published         Ciudad de México : Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, [2006].

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Record 5 of 12

Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Zoología fantástica : tintas y acuarelas = Fantastic zoology : ink and watercolour / Toledo ; Borges ; [curated by Erika Billeter].

Published         México, D.F. : Prisma Editorial, [2005].

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Francisco Toledo en el Museo Nacional de Antropología = Francisco Toledo in the National Museum of Anthropology / [textos, Felipe Solís Olguín … et al.].

Published         México, D.F. : Prisma, [2004]

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Record 7 of 12

Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Obra reciente / Francisco Toledo ; edición Magali Tercero.

Published         Mexico : [publisher not identified], [2001?]

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Francisco Toledo.

Published         Buenos Aires, Argentina : Centro Cultural Borges, 2001.

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Title     Francisco Toledo / [exhibition curated by Catherine Lampert].

Published         London : Trustees of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, c2000.

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Francisco Toledo : Whitechapel Art Gallery, Londres : Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Published         [Spain] : Turner Libros : DGE Ediciones, c2000.

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Francisco Toledo : Insectario, 1995-1996 : [exposición] diciembre 1997-febrero 1998, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca.

Published         [Oaxaca, Mexico] : Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, [1997]

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Author Toledo, Francisco, 1940-

Title     Zoología fantástica : homenaje a Jorge Luis Borges / Francisco Toledo.

Published         México : Secretaría de Educación Pública, Subsecretaría de Cultura, Programa Cultural de las Fronteras con la colaboración del Gobierno de los Estados de Baja California, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Corredor Cultural del Noroeste, [1986]

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His documentary by TV Azteca provides the viewer with some insight in the mindset of this creative artist that will be missed by many! May God/s grant fortitude and peace to his grieving family members.


Fall 2019: New books from Mexico

Welcome back from the long-deserved summer break! I wanted to share with you that during the summer break, the library has been as active as it is usually during the academic year. We have been purchasing books to prepare for the new academic year. Below is the album of some new recently purchased books from Mexico for your consideration. Please click on the photo below to get access to the individual images of the new books from Mexico.

Please click on the icon to get access to different pictures of the recent books from Mexico!
Pérez, Garci S, Heiras A. G. Amézaga, Casillas M. López, Salas M. E. Pérez, and Antonio Saborit. Impresiones De México: La Estampa Y Las Publicaciones Ilustradas Del Siglo Xix. , 2018. Print. Per WorldCat: An overview of the development of the graphic arts in nineteenth-century Mexico and its relationship with the country’s publishing history. It presents a collection of books, prints, and periodicals that were published in Mexico and whose illustrations were elaborated with the most important techniques used in Mexican graphic art during the 19th century. The book includes color reproductions of a selection from the prolific production of fundamental works in the history of engraving and the printing in Mexico.


Bolivia: Select new books at Doe Library!

One of the joys of collecting Latin American books for the library is to be able to build strong collections that are dedicated to Andean Studies. Bolivia being an Andean country remains on our priority list for future collection building. In this batch of new books, one can see several interesting titles that relate to culture, literature, politics, and history of Bolivia. One can click on the album below to get access to the images of different books. One book that won the national prize of poetry in 2017 is Masochistics by César Antezana Lima. The other book that is on the topics of geopolitics and the reconfiguration of international relations is El desembarco chino en América Latina y su manifestación en bolivia.  Besides these two books,  the other book that deals with the indigenous people of Bolivia is “APOLOBAMBA INDÍGENA“. All these books represent an important mosaic of multicultural Bolivia.

Please click on the icon below to see more images of Bolivian books.

Books from Bolivia at Doe Library, Fall 2019.


“The Fallen Weichafe: State Violence and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Chile”

We are delighted to announce that a new exhibition entitled, “The Fallen Weichafe: State Violence and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Chile” in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery’ eastward leading (towards the Gardner Stacks) passageway.

The Mapuche nation represents a single largest indigenous group in Chile. The original historical homeland of Mapuche people spans both Argentina and Chile’s southern (Wallmapu) and central areas. Since the early colonization and later on in the aftermath of Chile’s independence, the relationship between the Mapuche nation and Chilean State has been contradictory, nuanced, and violent. The ongoing conflict between the Mapuche and the State has become acute in the post 9/11 era. This photographic exhibition is dedicated to the struggle for Indigenous Rights in Chile’s Wallmapu area.

Also, we have created a virtual counterpart to the physical exhibition. The virtual exhibition can be visited here:

As you browse through this exhibition, we invite you to think about the following broader questions: Whose land? Whose laws? Whose violence is legitimate? Can Mapuches and Chilean State ever will come to reconcile their differences through the peaceful means? We request that you think more deeply about our nation’s treatment of the indigenous First Nations throughout the history of the uniquely American experience of democratic nation-building.

Please come and see the exhibition for yourself!

A special thanks to CLAS, Peace and Justice in Wallmapu Working Group,  Chilean Photographer- Luis Hidalgo, Aisha Hamilton, Virgie Hoban, Chilean Students and other colleagues in Library Communications team for their help in making this exhibition possible.

New books from Mexico

Our library’s collection of books published in Mexico has continued to go since I started to manage the Latin American Studies collections. One of the fundamental cornerstones of my collection development activities has been the aligning the Latin American Studies collections to reflect the reality that exists in our California. While a library cannot is usually not an archive of the totality of social and cultural memories of a particular country, I still believe that it is possible to collect Mexican books within the means that are at my disposable.

This batch of books includes several books on 1968 in the Mexican context. Besides these books that narrate the happenings in Mexico in 1968,  the other books explore the local histories as well as literature. Please click on the icon of the image below to get access to all of the pictures of Mexica

n books that I took. Also, I am embedding a link to a  documentary on Tlatelolco 1968.

Brazil: select new books

In light of different changes that are happening in Brazil, I thought that it might be a good idea to introduce to our readers with some new Brazilian books that we have purchased. Among these titles, there are several great titles such as a two-volume set of “A Enciclopédia do Golpe.” This set is important at it deals with the issues surrounding coup d’etat in the Brazilian context and the epoch of the dictatorship in Brazil. The set is also hosted as an open-access object by the library of the “Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Council of Social Sciences).”

One can see the photos of these excellent Brazilian books by clicking on the icon below.

Spain: Select new books on Latin America @ Doe Library!

We continue to purchase books that are published in Spain on Latin American topics. These books offer differing viewpoints and many of the Latin American authors and historians continue to publish in Spain. Below I present you with some photos of select titles from Spain on Latin American topics. Please click on the icon below to access the album of photos.


In memoriam: Roberto Fernández Retamar

As the librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies, and as one of the supporters of the UC-Cuba Initiative, I have continued to dedicate significant time and resources in developing our Caribbean collections. This morning, I found while reading an online post by Juventud Rebelde a post about yesterday’s passing of the Cuban poet Roberto Fernández Retamar. We have been collecting several of his poetry books over the past many years. These can be found here in Oskicat.  Below is his discourse on Caliban and later as I understood as Antropofagia later on from Brazilian Studies lense.

I remembered at that moment, his poem that he dedicated to the daughters. The words as I recall were as follows,

“Hijas: muy poco les he escrito,
y hoy lo hago de prisa.
Quiero decirles
que si también este momento pasa
y puedo estar de nuevo con ustedes,
en el sillón, oyendo el radio,
cómo vamos a reírnos de estas cosas,
de estos versos y de estas botas,
y de la cara que ponían algunos,
y hasta del traje que ahora llevo.”

The words about the fragility of time resonated with me, and it reminded me that as a librarian for the collection development, I do have upon me a huge responsibility to think of long term collection development that will ensure a certain level of parity with other well-endowed Ivy League libraries. While the data-driven collection development depends on administrative use of certain facets of data to justify academic decisions, the collections that we have today were built by my predecessors who have passed on the torch. I am honored and blessed to be at UC Berkeley that has provided me an Indian-American a chance to evolve as a librarian for Latin American collections. In a large group of SALALM members, I am genuinely a minority person.

Thank you Roberto Fernández Retamar for reminding me today of the fragility of time!

Finding Elena Poniatowska in Doe’s Stacks.

Just like the books that they write, the destinies of authors are usually unknown. While their backgrounds influence their writings, the milieu in which they work provides a major impetus for their literary genius so that they can succeed not only in the strictly aesthetic sense but also commercially. I was intrigued by the last name of Elena Poniatowska and as a Slavic Studies Librarian for many years, her name resonated with me. And then came Princeton’s Latin American Studies Librarian- Mr. Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez who lifted the veil of my own perceived ignorance about the last names. I found out that her father was of Polish descent and her mother was from Mexico. I came to know about Elena Poniatowska and her writings through Fernando. I started to read her Domingo 7 and other stories. These stories indeed help me realize that the last names while important do not reflect the authorial intent or realities. I had almost forgotten about finding her again until late January of this year.

As a librarian, while our job consists of many different disparate activities from developing collections, providing instructions, and research consultations, we are also tasked with preserving our “distinguished collections.” Since I work at Doe Library, periodically, we review our collections as they exist in a protected milieu of Main Stacks. While conducting one of the informed searches in the stacks, I stumbled upon a copy (and I was alerted by a good soul who cares deeply for our collections) of Elena Poniatowska’s 1971 edition of La noche de Tlatelolco; testimonios de historia oral.

When I opened the book, I found a nice hand-written note by Elena Poniatowska whereby she had gifted this book to Donald Allen. Upon further search, I realized that his archival papers were not at Berkeley but at UCSD. And the box 21- folder 9 had some of the translations by Elena Poniatowska. The book itself is by Era Ediciones. Era Ediciones books represented a set of cultural signifiers that usually resonate with us as the Latin American Studies librarians. On top of that an inscribed copy, it was a sort of finding a gem in a mine. The book was offered then to our Bancroft library for protecting it for our future students. However, it was decided after discussion with the administration that it will be best to protect it in the Medium-Rare cage of the Doe Library. Below, is the picture of her inscription.

Wikipedia (and blame me for using Wikipedia)  provided the following introduction about the title–“La noche de Tlatelolco: Testimonios de historia oral es una crónica de la periodista mexicana Elena Poniatowska basada en la matanza estudiantil sucedida durante el 2 de octubre de 1968 en la Plaza de las Tres Culturas, también conocida como Conjunto Habitacional de Tlatelolco, en Ciudad de México.1

Poniatowska recopiló una serie de testimonios que recogen el pensamiento y sentimiento de personas a favor y contra el movimiento estudiantil. La segunda parte del libro se trata de la noche del masacre y los sentimientos de los estudiantes, víctimas y familia. Los testimonios empezaron a recogerse en octubre y noviembre de 1968 y continuaron hasta 2 años después y el libro se publicó en 1971.2​ Adicionalmente, la obra debió ser corregida por la autora tras decisión judicial a solicitud de Luis González de Alba, en cuyo libro Los días y los años se inspiró Poniatowska.3​”

It is a pity that 1968 was a pivotal year in the history of humanity like everyother year is, however I did not pay attention to 1968 as my life continued through 2019…